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Turkish novelist faces charges for mentioning genocide


Turkey’s most acclaimed novelist, Orhan Pamuk, faces a possible three years in jail after being charged last week with "publicly denigrating Turkish identity".

How the US occupation is murdering the truth


Waleed Khaled was shot by US troops last week while working for Reuters TV. In response US army spokesman General Rick Lynch claimed that the US soldiers "took appropriate measures".

Debt ‘relief’ deal will mean privatisation and attacks on workers’ conditions


The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is about to unleash an economic nightmare on Iraq, warn debt campaigners Jubilee Iraq.

Debate grows on French left


When Dominique de Villepin was appointed prime minister of France following the vote against the European Union (EU) constitution in the referendum in May, he promised his first 100 days in office would give confidence back to the French.

Egypt won’t accept sham democracy


A wave of protests is sweeping Egypt ahead of the presidential elections on Wednesday of next week, as the opposition Kifaya (Enough) movement is calling for a boycott of the poll.

Growing resistance in the Nile Delta region


The peasants in the Nile Delta village of Meet Shahala rose in rebellion after attempts by the old landlords to drive them off their land.

First steps towards a radical alternative in South Africa


More than 70 trade union, campaigning, socialist, religious and civic groups came together recently to form a coalition to challenge the ANC government’s economic policies.

Jacob Zuma — a very unlikely hero


The deputy president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, was sacked in June after his financial adviser Schabir Shaik was found guilty of corruption. The case has become a huge issue, with many in the trade union movement demanding that the charges be dropped.

Paris fires expose plight of migrants


"There were no alarms. The building was old and dilapidated. We just heard ‘Fire! Fire,’ and we had to go down."

Sans Papiers fear another tragedy


The fire was a deep tragedy, but one that could have been avoided.

Hugo Chavez under fire from US right


Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez was in the spotlight again last week following an extraordinary call for his assassination by Pat Robertson, one of the US’s most prominent right wing Christian fundamentalist preachers.

The rise of the new German left


"The left is back. The pact between WASG and PDS under the leadership of Gregor Gysi and Oskar Lafontaine has the potential to change the balance of forces in the political system forever." The editorial of the conservative newspaper Welt am Sonntag on the formation of a new political party tells of the sea change in German politics.

Hugo Chavez sparks debate on socialism


Over 20,000 young people, the vast majority from Latin America, attended the recent World Festival for Youth and Students in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas.

Two visions at the heart of the Bolivarian revolution


In the seven years since he was first elected to Venezuela’s presidency, Hugo Chavez’s government has faced three direct challenges.

The US mood swings against Iraq war


You can really see that the tide of opinion in the US has been turning against the Iraq war over the last few months.

An activist in Niger analyses the crisis


Famine has gripped all regions of Niger. There are nearly four million people on the edge of starvation across the country.

Cindy Sheehan shows Bush is now losing in Iraq and at home


For the past week Cindy Sheehan has camped outside George Bush’s ranch in Texas demanding the opportunity to ask him why her son Casey was sent to die in an illegal and immoral war.

What’s behind the Gaza pullout?


To great international fanfare, Israel this week began its pull-out from the Gaza Strip.

Neo-liberalism is central to Japanese election


Hundreds of activists and rank and file trade unionists in front of the MPs' Chamber near Japanese Parliament cheered and applauded when they heard the announcement "Vote for Post Privatisation Bill, 108. Vote against, 125". It was on 8 August, in between the memorial days of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

South African miners strike forces concessions


South African miners strike forces concessions

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